20/04/2010 | by Uli Köhler
Our man TC gives a heads up on what’s going down with him and his Pirate buddies on their trip to Alaska.
The weather was due to be bad for a while so Marco and I decided to try to do something in a nice bumpy tree area by Thompson pass we spotted the week before. The snow had got pretty heavy but Marco and I were determined to start the week off well. We found a nice looking step down so we got it setup and waited for a little more light. Marco went first and landed in a hole and compressed his knee… Nooo!
I tried a little more but after a few more tries it was evident the snow was just too heavy and there wasnt enough new snow to land anything. So we called it a day. A few miles down the road Pasha and Carlos broke down having forgotten to refill the tank… Nooo!
Ok, we drove back to Valdez to get fuel for them, after some faffing around at the gas station we finally got back to Pasha who had been waiting alone up on the pass. We put gas in… still woudn’t start, now the battery was dead. Ok, lets find some jump cables… still nothing!
Right, shite… so we called someone to come pick it up and we’d sort it later.
Next Day I got about an hour’s window to shoot alone and the snow was kinda Ok. I found a nice ollie to trannie finder but by the time we were done the snow had become soup!
During the following days the weather stayed real shitty up on the pass, Marco’s knee hadn’t improved and cabin fever was setting in. Nooo!
When I couldnt take the hotel no more I tried to face the wet forest area alone… Epic fail! Nothing went down, the snow was having none of it, it just seemed to get wetter and stickier and the weather just got worse and worse. Nooo!
The truck had been in the truck/RV repair for a few days and the mechanic just couldnt start it so Sergey decided to get someone to come pick it up and toe it back to Anchorage. A few hours later Sergey called us and told us he fiddled with the fuses a little and played around under the hood for a few minutes and started it up first go! We couldn’t believe it… Nooo!
So there you go, 3 weeks in AK done.
We have learnt alot here, I gotta say our sled skilz are just epic now, we only flipped them like 20 times probably and only have a couple of thousand dollars in repairs on them each
And we learnt that up here, Nature is the boss.
Big thanks again to Sergey for being the dude and to Mountain Sky Valdez.